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How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Posted May 6, 2011 at 3:06pm by iClarified · 264566 views
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These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS on iOS 4.3.3 using PwnageTool for Mac.

Step One
Make a folder called "Pwnage" on the desktop. In it, you will need a couple of things. PwnageTool 4.3.3, found here or here.

You will also need the 4.3.3 iPhone firmware.
4.3.3 (3GS): iPhone2,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw


When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox since Safari often auto extracts it!
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Then from the Pwnage folder double click to launch the PwnageTool application.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Click Ok if presented with a warning.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Three
Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Four
Click to select your device. A check-mark will appear over the image of the device. Click the blue arrow button to continue.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Five
You will be brought to the "Browse for IPSW" page. Click the Browse for IPSW... button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

From the popup window select your firmware from the Pwnage folder then click the Open button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Six
You will then be brought to a menu with several choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

The General settings allows you to decide the partition size. Check Activate the phone if you are not with an official carrier then click the blue arrow button.

NOTE*: Deselect Activate if you have an iPhone legitimately activated on an official carrier.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

The Cydia settings menu allows you to create custom packages so you do not have to manually install the necessary them later.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Click to select the Download packages tab. Then click the Refresh button to display all the available packages. Double clicking the package you want will download it and make it available in the Select Packages tab.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Checkmark the ones you want then click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

The Custom Packages Settings menu displays listed package settings for your custom IPSW. For know leave these settings as is. Click the blue arrow button to continue.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Seven
You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Eight
You will be asked to save your custom .ipsw file. Save it to your Pwnage folder you created on your Desktop.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Your IPSW is now being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Do this then click the OK button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Nine
Once your ipsw has been built you will be asked to connect your iPhone to the computer. Once it detects your device PwnageTool will guide your through the steps to putting your iPhone into DFU mode.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Then release the power button and continue holding the home button for 10 seconds.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Once your iPhone is successfully in DFU mode, PwnageTool will prompt you to launch iTunes.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Ten
Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Eleven
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created and click the Choose button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Step Twelve
iTunes will now restore the firmware on your iPhone. This can also take up to 10 minutes. Once done you will be rebooted into jailbroken iOS 4.3.3!


***THANKS: Thank you to iPhone Dev-Team and I0n1c for their hard work in making this jailbreak and tutorial possible!
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Mikey
Mikey - December 1, 2012 at 10:53am
Followed this three times and no go. "this device is not elligable for requested rebuild?
Brad
Brad - December 11, 2011 at 8:52pm
I have 3 iphones, all 3 are 3gs. 3gs FW 4.0 (NOT 4.0.1) bb 05.13.04 bl 6.4 model MC640 bootrom 359.3.2 (unfortunately) JB jailbreakme UL ultrasn0w 3gs FW 4.0.1 bb 05.13.04 bl 6.4 model MC136 bootrom 359.3.2 (unfortunately) JB jailbreakme UL ultrasn0w 3gs FW 4.0.1 bb 05.13.04 bl 6.4 model MC133 bootrom 359.3.2 (unfortunately) JB jailbreakme UL ultrasn0w I have tried updating to 4.3.3 doing the following: pwnage tool to create custom ipsw. Enter DFU, hold option, click restore, select custom ipsw, Extracting, verifying with apple.... then I get this message... "this device isnt eligible for the requested build" I have tried editing the hosts file, to no avail. My question is this. I want to upgrade all 3 phones to the most recent FW that is UNTETHERED JB, and must be unlockable as I use T-mobile. What FW do I use, and what steps do I need to take. I have updated, JB, and unlocked phones before, but never had the message stated above. My eyes are crossed from reading and searching, so I really need some help on this one. Thank you in advance for you help. It is greatly appreciated. I use a MAC OS X 10.6.8 iTunes 10.5
chelsea
chelsea - November 19, 2011 at 12:43am
ive done this several times (with my iphone 3gs firmware 4.2.1) and each time itunes says firmware not compatible at the end. im so disappointed- ive been trying EVERYTHING... for WEEKS :( "i really dont wanna let it beat me like that wireless router did" -the office anyone?
seattlepunk
seattlepunk - November 26, 2011 at 12:24am
Getting the same error: The iPhone "iPhone" could not be restored because firmware file is not compatible. Tried this with both Activate checked and then not-checked.
Rose
Rose - June 25, 2011 at 9:54am
My phone wasn't working right, so I restored it to factory settings. Then I went through all these steps, and when I select the custom firmware created by Pwnage tool, iTunes says the firmware file is not compatible? I tried doing it again and unchecking "Activate" but the same thing happens. Help?
Tang
Tang - June 23, 2011 at 1:52pm
When I click on the links to download the PwnageTool_4.3.3, one says page not found, the other one downloaded a .torrent format document, which I couldn't open. I've used PwnageTool before it wasn't like this before. Something amiss with the links? Thanks.
anoop
anoop - May 26, 2011 at 5:18am
Hi, I did all the steps mentioned above , when i went to restore my phone it says that the " iphone cannot be restored as the firmware file is not compatible " i have already updated to the official 4.3.3 and it is stuck in the activate screen ! kindly help me out on this . i am not able to restore to the custom firmware and jailbreak it . help is much appreciated guys ! ty
Qiz
Qiz - May 25, 2011 at 6:48am
Hello, What size of the root partition should I use, minimum? Thanks in advance
Novaboyjp
Novaboyjp - May 25, 2011 at 2:53am
Hey, thanks! This worked brilliantly. Now running 4.3.3 on my 3Gs, kept old baseband of 5.13.04 Great work guys!!
Gorye
Gorye - May 23, 2011 at 3:22am
Once I get to the "Browse for IPSW" step, early on, and select the restore bundle, I get a "wrong bundle selected" message and can go no further. THanks for your help in advance.
Tomas
Tomas - May 16, 2011 at 4:07pm
I think Restoring bug is because cydia was in the folder when I did backup. Anyone has this problem please let me know. I
Tomas
Tomas - May 16, 2011 at 4:01pm
It would be interesting to know if anyone has problem on restoring backup for iPhone 3Gs. I rund Restore after restoring to new iOS and my applications does not get restored from iTunes with all my saved data back to the phone. I tried 2 times already this and its failing. I hate this updates let me tell you all the I lose some thing when I do this.
Alain
Alain - June 8, 2011 at 6:18am
Yes, I have an issue. Not yours. Apps are back but datas gone. I think I failed to enter in DFU mode. maybe BaseBand, I can't guess if I have and old bootrom or a new one on my 3GS 4.3.3 never Jailbroken before, please iClarified, add a warning in the Tuto. people wrote another way to enter in DFU mode. iPhone shut down. Iphone connected to the Mac 10 s middle button 20 s middle and right button 30 s middle button But itunes ask for a connection to Apple servers and prompt there are errors.
tintin
tintin - May 14, 2011 at 2:44am
everything worked out pretty fine while i JB my 3Gs using 4.3.3 on my mac. the only problem was i have no carrier, my modem firmware is 05.16.02. please help!
Jonathan
Jonathan - May 15, 2011 at 6:46am
Go to cydia follow this tutorial: https://iclarified.com/4253
thelionsword
thelionsword - May 16, 2011 at 7:05pm
bb 5.16.xx isn't supported. If you're up to 4.3.3, you're probably going to have to bite the bullet and upgrade your baseband to 06.15.00. I ran into the same problem, the jailbreak was great, but couldn't get a carrier connection because of the baseband problem. The other thing is that the 06.15.00 is actually an iPad not an iPhone backdoor. Many people have lost their GPS as a result. So don't just dive into it willy nilly. What you want to do is unlock the carrier base band: http://jaxov.com/2011/03/how-to-upgrade-iphone-3gs-05-16-01-05-16-02-to-ipad-baseband-06-15-00/ http://jaxov.com/2011/05/how-to-unlock-iphone-3gs-baseband-05-16-01-05-16-02-on-ios-4-3-3/ If you want to jailbreak and preserve your original baseband: http://jaxov.com/2011/05/how-to-unlock-iphone-4-3gs-on-ios-4-3-3-using-ultrasn0w-1-2-3/ (or, you've probably already done it *above*)
jo-b
jo-b - July 27, 2011 at 9:48am
I am on 4.2.1 with the 06.15.00 baseband. Actually I do not understand, if I could upgrade to 4.3.3 or 4.3.5 with a custom firmware, keeping my phone netlock free.
PHANTOM
PHANTOM - May 13, 2011 at 2:50pm
Hey. I really need help from experts. I bought an Iphone 4 which was used on AT&T and now I want to use it with another carrier. It has 4.1.0 software and 2.10.04 version. The question is: Is it possible to unlock mi phone jailbreaking it to 4.3.3 using the custom file of this tutorial. Thank you very much in advance.
spc6
spc6 - May 12, 2011 at 11:41am
Hi, I used this method (pwnagetool-I have ultrasn0w and redsn0w is not compatible, or that is what I have heard, and custom IPSW) and it worked great on my 3gs, had 3.1.3, bb 5.12, updated to 4.3.3. I did update everything before I started, tiny umbrella, itunes, and used firefox (I have a mac) to download all files. I thought I had correctly updated my ultrasn0w (you must reboot by sliding switch or it is not updated) before starting but apparently had not so I lost my unlock. When I was all done I had a "no service", "no network" or 1 bar showing and could not connect to anything. I turned on wifi and connected to Cydia, downloaded ultrasn0w and my phone is great (knock on wood)!. During the above process I did get stuck on a couple of things, first when I went to put the phone in DFU mode I did not have it off so my computer opened itunes, I panicked and closed it and had to try the DFU mode again but the tutorial was great and gave me the option. Once I successfully had it in DFU mode (it tells you) I was prompted back to step 5, this is the first time I have tried this so I wasn't sure what to do, felt slightly panicky (I have read horror stories about some peoples experiences) but opened itunes on my own and everything from there out was textbook. I did get concerned when it seemed to me itunes asked twice about restoring , but once done my bb is still 5.12 and I am loving having the apps back that had updated to ios4 and above. Thanks so much to all that work so hard to make this happen! Hope this might help someone else...
Jaybot
Jaybot - May 11, 2011 at 3:31pm
Trying to update jailbroken/ unlocked 4.2.1 to 4.3.3 and am getting a "iphone is not eligible for the requested build". Iphone 3gs, bootrom 05:13:04. I've tried 4 times with the same result. Anyone out there have insight into this?
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